Thank you, friends, for your many prayers for our transition back to Cambodia. The flights were largely uneventful, and we hardly felt the effects of jet lag. Our longer-than-expected time in Phnom Penh was a strange mix of crazy-busy (the usual Phnom Penh tasks of visas, drivers licenses, vaccinations, etc.) and boredom (trying to keep everyone entertained in an inner-city hotel for 2 weeks). The reason for the 2-week stay was that we ended up needing to replace our vehicle.

Cambodian car hunting

Cambodian car hunting

While in the past, I’ve found car buying in Phnom Penh to be a rather simple, even enjoyable, experience, this time was a bit different since our parameters were so narrow. In a city of 2.3 million, we were looking for the one car (that may well not be an exaggeration at all) that (1) would seat our family, (2) could be insured for a foreigner, and (3) wouldn’t break the bank. Praise the Lord for leading us to that needle in the haystack. We love our new ride and hope it gives us as many reliable KMs as its predecessor did.

the Needle

the Needle

Now we’re in a hotel in Stung Treng province, ready to start the house hunt in earnest first thing Monday morning. And again, with our parameters, it feels like the odds are stacke